Story of the Writer Storytelling-communicator and grammar enthusiast

Garie started out in administration in the fields of healthcare, project management and database development. Writing fictional narrative, and grammatical and linguistic pursuits have now been his passion since 2016. He considers that storytelling is analogous to communication. His goal and purpose are to write stories with strong, authentic characters that are defined by strong writing and themes and thereby reinforce the power of communication.

In December 2014, he had an experience that has since turned out to be the secret of his not only having found but also living his life’s purpose. Garie calls that experience the power of sisu. More on that is below.

Garie now considers himself a story-telling communicator and a grammar enthusiast. His career focus is to write novels and educate others on the effective use of language in literary manuscripts. His objective through this focus is to make the elements and tools of his own success available as an educational component or through an academic discipline of his educational editing-service business, McIntoshLinguistics.


What’s in a Name is a fictional tale about a woman who has been renamed by her dying mother. She accepts that name, but then she goes silent about its significance. Now an adult, a married woman, she finds herself in a battle to unsilence herself.


McIntoshLinguistics is an educational editing-service business that aims to formalize an approach to English literary editing through a process-method. McIntoshLinguistics was created by Garie McIntosh, who developed an English grammatical method and process for editing as a result of his English linguistic studies to become a writer.

Grammatical projects

The power of sisu

Kristine Smolsky was a former co-worker of mine, and she and I were driving home in her car one evening after a work meeting. I had recently submitted my letter of resignation from the organization. Kristine now congratulated me on my decision, telling me how proud of me she was for standing up for what I believed in.

“Have you ever heard the word sisu?” Kristine looked over at me and said.

I had never heard the word before, and I told Kristine so.

“I want you to look it up when you get home,” she said. “Because you’re that word.”

This was what I found on Wikipedia:

“Sisu is a Finnish concept described as stoic determination, tenacity of purpose, grit, bravery, resilience, and hardiness and is held by Finns. … It is generally considered not to have a literal equivalent in English.”

At that time, I had not started writing; however, I was certainly on a search to find my life’s purpose. So when Kristine mentioned sisu, even before I looked it up, I knew that it would come in handy one day. And it has because it is the reason I strive to live up to my dreams and keep my vision in focus.

Sadly, I found out that Kristine had passed away from an illness in December 2018. I was devastated, but who she was as a person, our connection, and her having shared with me this powerful word from her culture have all ameliorated my loss. Sisu has kept me going on this journey of becoming a writer.

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